PALESTINIAN-TURKISH JOINT CONFERENCE
(11-13 April 2019, Ramallah/Palestine)
Palestinian & Turkish Joint Conference which has a historical importance, held on 11_13 April 2019 in Ramallah under the title “Digital Evidences within the Context of the Requirements of Investigation and Human Rights” with the cooperation of the General Prosecution Office of the Supreme Court of Appeal of the Republic of Turkey and Attorney General’s Office of State of Palestine has been a very successful and productive Conference.
This Joint Conference was held with the large-scale financial support of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). Total number of 630 participants including the attendees from Attorney General’s Office of the State of Palestine, 45 foreign participants from 22 different countries such as Argentina, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Brazil, France, Finland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Scotland, Italy, Montenegro, Northern Republic of Macedonia, Mauritania, Jordan, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation and Thailand attended the Conference. In addition to the representatives of Eurojust and International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), 42 participants from Turkey participated in the Conference.
President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the representatives of Turkish and foreign delegates.
42 Turkish delegates consisting of Mr. İsmail Rüştü Cirit the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Mehmet Akarca the General Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeal of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Yusuf Ziyaattin Cenik the Secretary General of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Mr. Remzi Doğan Head Assistant of the General Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeal and Public Prosecutors of the Supreme Court of Appeal, representatives of Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Presidency of TİKA attended the Conference.
Ms. Dr. İlknur Altuntaş, Ms. Ayben İyisoy Senior Prosecutors of the Supreme Court of Appeal and Assoc. Prof Dr. Assistant Professor Hasan Sınar were session facilitators. Dr. Sacit Yılmaz, Ahmet Gül, Necati Nursal Senior Prosecutors of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Mahmut Kaan Yüksel Public Prosecutor of Ankara, Assoc. Prof Dr. Professor Murat Volkan Dülger Lecturer in İstanbul Aydın University, Assoc. Prof Dr. Hasan Sınar in İstanbul Altınbaş University and Mr. Kemal Veli Açar Manager of the Department of the Cybercrimes of the Turkish National Police made presentations at the Conference.
During three-day Conference, subjects were discussed such as gathering and submitting the digital evidence to the court related to cybercrime which is spreading around the world as a result of technological developments and has become an important problem for criminal justice system. In this context, issues such as the right of privacy and personal data protection, principles for gathering and using the evidence through legal methods and according to the international principles, approach to the fake digital evidence, protection of children and family in using the digital evidence, importance of international cooperation and reliability of the digital evidence were handled in the light of human rights principles. Importance of international cooperation for effective investigation and prosecution in combating the crimes, for punishing the defendants and for recovering the victimization has become evident once again.
Representatives of foreign countries had the opportunity to observe hard living conditions of the people of Palestine during both the Conference and social programs.